Headlines from the New York Times on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser – President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.
Unlike Mr. Flynn, who served as a campaign adviser last year, General McMaster has no links to Mr. Trump and is not thought of as being as ideological as the man he will replace. A battle-tested veteran of both the Persian Gulf war and the second Iraq war, General McMaster is considered one of the military’s most independent-minded officers, sometimes at a cost to his own career.
Readings from Isaiah 8.11-9.1 for Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Isaiah 8.13-14 is the focal point today. It reads, “But the Lord of hosts, him you shall regard as holy; let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. He will become a sanctuary . . .”
What does it mean to regard God as “holy.” That which is holy is distinct from the common or ordinary. To regard God as holy is to demonstrate that he is “high and lifted up” (see Isaiah 6.1) in power and in character, as well as in his very nature and character. To fail to view him in this light is to make him appear helpless, indifferent, and unimportant. When we seek to solve the riddles of our times according to human explanations and means, we make God appear insignificant. That is the opposite of regarding him as holy.
People who pray the prophets are not swayed by the headlines. Rather, they are influenced by their knowledge of God and alignment with his purposes for their lives.
Prayers for February 21, 2017
Dear God, please help us to see you for exactly who you are. Please give us the willingness and ability to seek knowledge of you and alignment with your purposes in life. May leaders in all aspects of society regard you as holy. May profound regard for you extend to the nations of the world.